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Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

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I have fallen back in love with chicken nuggets.

Not the questionable, fried, and frozen nuggets that seem synonymous with the name. But the homemade, healthier, and delicious nuggets that you can make with endless variations at home! Such a fun way to serve chicken, and of course, always a favorite with kiddos!

One of my recent successful experiments was coating nuggets with Pretzel Crisps. You know – those flat crispy pretzel chips that come in a zillion irresistible flavors? Yep, they were perfect for this recipe. And then fun part was that instead of adding in extra spices, you can just use the seasoning of whichever flavor you like to make the nuggets! I tried a batch with their Buffalo Style, and then with the Jalapeno Jack, and loved the extra kick from both. Totally easy, and totally tasty. These little guys disappeared in a snap.

Yay for homemade chicken nuggets!!!

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Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 30-40 nuggets 1x


A fun recipe for easy pretzel-crusted chicken nuggets.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs, whisked (or you can substitute 3 egg whites)
  • 2 cups finely-crushed pretzels (I used Pretzel Crisps)
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized (about 1-inch) pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a baking sheet (or you may need two) with aluminum foil.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt and pepper in a bowl. In a separate bowl, add the two whisked eggs. Then in a third bowl, add the crushed pretzels. This will be your assembly line for the nuggets.
  3. Take a piece of chicken and dip it in the flour mixture until it is evenly covered. Then dip it in the eggs, and then in the crushed pretzels, then place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  4. Bake nuggets for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. (Cooking time can depend on the size of your nuggets). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Disclosure: I was provided with samples of Pretzel Crisps. All opinions are my own.

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16 comments on “Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets”

  1. I love chicken nuggets and I love pretzels! So excited about this new combo…

  2. What a great idea! I’m having a “why didn’t I think of that?” moment.

  3. Yum yum! I want to make these and see if my too-busy-to-eat niece will scarf them down faster than I can.

  4. I’ve never met a chicken nugget that I didn’t want to inhale and these are absolutely no exception! Love the idea of that pretzel crust.

  5. I love this idea!! Totally going to try it for game day!

  6. A pretzel crust? You are a genius, Ali! I need to make this for Jason ASAP! He is going to be so thrilled about this!

  7. These are too fun. SO creative!

  8. These look amazing, pass the honey-mustard and I’m all set!

  9. Oh my. I need an entire batch of these and some honey mustard, pronto!

  10. love this!! it’s such a unique way to bread this and it sounds and looks so good!

  11. My kids will love these. And when I say kids I mean me :)

  12. Great idea to use pretzels instead of just bread crumbs

  13. Aww, I want to try pretzel crisps! They sound great. And these nuggets look amazing! So crispy looking.

  14. Wow, that looks awesome…I want to try these ASAP! I’m in love pretzel crisps…the buffalo flavor is my fave!

  15. Tasty, but not as good as if they had been lightly fried in grape seed oil.